Cardiovascular Health Disparities in the African American Community: Implementation of Educational Programs

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Hanna Dolle
Blaine Blaine
Matt Kuhar
Taylor Phelps
Amanda Agullar
Danielle Reynolds
Rosalind Moore
Othman Mohammad Othman


By Hanna Dolle, Nursing; Blaine Blaine, Nursing; Matt Kuhar, Nursing; Taylor Phelps, Nursing; Amanda Agullar, Nursing; Danielle Reynolds, Nursing; Rosalind Moore, University of Cincinnati

Advisor: Othman Mohammad Othman

Presentation ID: 159

Abstract: Cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for decades. Although this is an issue that affects all races, African Americans have experienced a disproportionate amount of burden related to this disease. Some of the factors contributing to this health disparity include medication adherence, racial inequities, lack of culturally competent care and lack environmental resources (Ferdinand, 2019). The purpose of our education project is to educate leaders of Hamilton County's Public Health's WeTHRIVE! Initiative on the importance of implementing a cardiovascular disease education program within the community in which they serve. Our educational program will also share research on strategies for implementation and examples of successful programs. We will conduct a fifteen-minute educational session during a virtual meeting with Hamilton County's Public Health's WeTHRIVE! leaders. The lecture will also be paired with a pre/post test for evaluation. The lecture will contain basic knowledge on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in African Americans and research findings for two programs that we identified as having significant results. Out of all the WeTHRIVE! leaders that completed the post-survey, 66.67% stated that they were interested implementing these interventions into the WeTHRIVE movement.  66.67% in the post-survey also reported that the presentation helped enhance their knowledge on cardiovascular disease amongst Black communities. Due to a low response rate in the post survey compared to pre survey, further research on the effectiveness of our virtual evidence-based practice project is necessary.

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Category: Social (In)Justice